Definition of hustler in English:



North American
  • 1A person adept at aggressive selling or illicit dealing.

    ‘small-time hustlers trying to sell their stuff’
    • ‘What a hustler or conman is looking for in a victim, we are very usefully told, is not stupidity but loneliness.’
    • ‘The self-labeled hustler tries to sell electric toothbrushes.’
    • ‘But I've dealt with plenty of street hustlers, and they always have an angle going.’
    • ‘In his world of small-time hustlers, grouchy thugs and laconic crimefighters, there's always somebody with a new angle to work or a new beef to settle.’
    • ‘Then, on his way home after work late on Christmas Eve, he encounters a street hustler who turns out to be an angel of sorts.’
    • ‘I wandered the streets, being offered every illegal drug on the market by hustlers.’
    • ‘After a bit of staggering between bars and buses, we were missing the attention of the local hasslers, and were plotting on better ways of dealing with touts and hustlers.’
    • ‘I've got money, I've got a good home, I've got friendship in all walks of life and I'm neither a pimp, nor a hustler, nor a thief, nor a liar.’
    • ‘For years, I had identified with what I saw in my community: the gang members, drug dealers, street hustlers and even the winos sitting in the alley.’
    • ‘I shall meet some con men and hustlers, too, I suppose.’
    • ‘Far from being elitist, this song hails even the so-called socially deviant members of society such as hustlers who perch on street corners.’
    • ‘Another product of the streets, at twenty Sarah's resume included the occupations of thief, hustler, pick pocket and prostitute.’
    • ‘He's a thief, hustler, scamster, con man, who enjoys ripping off friends, family, waiters, old ladies, etc.’
    • ‘The hustlers and street kids are rough and do things that are illegal, but they care for each other and they aren't viewed as immoral.’
    • ‘The origin was unknown to everyone; even the hustlers that sold it.’
    • ‘Beginning by interviewing addicts and small time hustlers, her determination to root out the cause of the problem lead to confrontation with the inner circle of violent drug barons.’
    • ‘Street hustlers and gang members, far from rejecting traditional roles, continue to aspire to a situation where they can raise their children in economic and emotional security.’
    • ‘The street hustlers and prostitutes were nervous about the police, but took the view that you had to keep to the rules.’
    • ‘The boy isn't just homeless; he's also a hustler and dealer, and it is easy to see where Suzette's life is headed when the two begin dating.’
    • ‘If a driver stops to engage street hustlers and the car is from outside the neighborhood, the car's owner may receive an anonymous letter.’
    criminal, lawbreaker, offender, villain, black hat, delinquent, malefactor, culprit, wrongdoer, transgressor, sinner
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  • 2A prostitute.

    • ‘When he was a teenager, he lived on the street as a hustler and prostitute.’
    • ‘For instance, in Brazil professional and amateur hustlers constitute different groups, where the latter usually do not identify as hustlers.’
    • ‘The play itself gives me more than enough information without having to go talk to hustlers and see how they actually live.’
    • ‘There I was on the street, I looked around and I had been observing the hustlers only for a few moments when I assumed the stance.’
    • ‘I didn't get any of that working with the pimps, or the hustlers.’